compulsory striking off

How quickly does Companies House issue the First Gazette Notice

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I have a few clients who are perpetually late in filing their annual accounts at Companies House, but today, I have received notice by email from CH that a First Gazette Notice to strike off the company will happen in a few days' time. This company's deadline for filing was only just over two months ago, 31 December (31 March year end). Is this evidence of a tightening up of the normal procedure?

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By bernard michael
06th Mar 2024 09:36

Usually when I've seen them it is during the 3rd month of failure so your one is about right

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Lisa Thomas
By Lisa Thomas - Insolvency Practitioner
06th Mar 2024 09:48

Yes they have clamped down since Covid. My understanding was they are issuing the strike off threats 3 months from the date of non compliance but this seems quicker in your case.

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Lisa Thomas
By Lisa Thomas - Insolvency Practitioner
06th Mar 2024 09:56

Not quite clear but here is some info from the gov website:

"If a company is neither carrying on business nor operation, the registrar may take action to strike a company off the register.

The registrar may take this action if they have reasonable cause to believe that a company is not carrying on business or in operation. The registrar may take this view if:

they have not received company documents that should have been sent to them
mail that the registrar has sent to a company’s registered office is returned undelivered
the company has no directors
Before striking a company off the register, the registrar will communicate with the company to inquire whether it’s still carrying on business or in operation. If they’re satisfied that it’s not, they will publish a notice in the relevant Gazette stating their intention to strike the company off the register unless they’re shown reason not to do so.

A copy of the notice will be placed on the company’s public record. If the registrar sees no reason to do otherwise, they will strike off the company not less than 2 months after the date of the notice. The company will be dissolved on publication of a further notice stating this in the relevant Gazette."

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By Jo Nokes
06th Mar 2024 11:12

Thanks, Lisa, I did actually read that before posting. It seems so much quicker than it's ever been, which is why I posed the question

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Lisa Thomas
By Lisa Thomas - Insolvency Practitioner
06th Mar 2024 10:02

Slightly more info here but seems to be the same as the extract from another page that I just posted:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/companies-house-to-resume-the-compuls...

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By SkyBlue22
06th Mar 2024 10:43

It's been that quick for at least a year I think. They don't hang around!

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